Softball to Face the William Carey Crusaders

Heidi Matthews, Junior Utility Player; Photo Credit: Owls Communications
Heidi Matthews, Junior Utility Player; Photo Credit: Owls Communications

COLUMBUS, Miss. – The Mississippi University for Women softball team will conclude a long week on the road when they take on William Carey University on Wednesday, Feb. 28 in Hattiesburg, Miss.

With a 7-5 record so far this season, the Owls have played well and have proven that they are fierce competitors who can hang with some of the best teams. In road games this week, The W was able to sweep Concordia College – Alabama in a doubleheader series, then went on to face some of the top NCAA DIII programs at the Grand Slam Triangle Classic in Raleigh, NC. Friday through Sunday, the Owls played in six games to go 2-4 in the tournament.

Against the Crusaders, the Owls are looking to boost their road wins and stay on the winning side of their season record.

Competing in 12 games so far, the MUW softball team has recorded 88 runs while maintaining a .317 batting average, a .399 on base percentage, and a .405 slugging percentage.

With a .410 batting average, Heidi Matthews lead the Owls offense with 39 at-bats, 15 runs, 16 hits (two doubles), and 14 RBIs. The Coward, S.C. native also holds a .477 on base percentage and a .462 slugging percentage.

One of the key successes of the Owls softball has proven to be The W pitching staff. With statistics such as an overall 2.27 ERA and 4.16 strikeouts per 7-inning game average, going up against a W pitcher is not an easy feat.

Madison Scoggin, junior left-hander, leads the pitching staff with a 0.74 ERA and a 3-2 record. Appearing in six games with six starts, the Bay Springs, Miss. native has pitched three complete games and 28.1 innings pitched to record 23 hits against, 15 runs (three earned), and 13 strikeouts.

The Owls second-game starter is Cara Hopper. The Steens, Miss. native is the only senior on the team and holds a 2-3 record on the mound. With six appearances and five starts, Hopper has pitched 2 complete games and 26.1 innings to allow 30 hits and 20 runs (13 earned) for a 3.46 ERA.

On Wednesday, The W will face the 3-1 Crusaders for the first time since 2003. In the final year of the program under head coach Rita Higginbotham and the last season since this year's resurrection season, the Blues (the Owls former name) took the doubleheader 2-1 and 3-0.

The first game of the doubleheader is scheduled to begin at 3:00 p.m. at Joseph and Nancy Fail Field located on the campus of William Carey University.

If you cannot make the trip to see the Owls in action, you can follow the live stats: GAME ONE and GAME TWO.